Frequently Asked Questions

What is NISSO?

“NISSO” stands for New International Student and Scholar Orientation. NISSO is a program designed for incoming students and scholars who have lived outside of the U.S. for at least some part of their lives.

Is NISSO required?

NISSO is required for all incoming international students who are entering the U.S. on the F-1 visa. However, the NISSO program can be valuable to any student who has lived abroad for at least some part of their life.

How do I register for NISSO?

To register for NISSO, visit our “NISSO Registration” page, and choose the form which corresponds to your NISSO Session.

When do I have to register for NISSO by?

The deadline for NISSO Fall 2018 Registration is Monday, July 9, 11:59 PST.

Can my family come with me to NISSO?

Yes, families of new students are invited to attend special programs separate from the NISSO program for new students. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer airport pickups or the CFIS Host Family Program for family members. Family members traveling with students to Claremont must arrange their own transportation and accommodations while visiting.

Will I be able to move into my dorm room for NISSO?

Undergraduate students* who will be living on campus during the academic year will be moving into their residence hall during NISSO. Graduate and exchange students are not guaranteed to live on campus, and have the option of participating in the CFIS Host Family Program.

*Exchange students studying at Pitzer College will move into their residence halls after NISSO. The CFIS Host Family Program is a curricular requirement for their program.

I am attending the 5C NISSO. When do I have to arrive on campus for Residence Hall Move-In?

Tuesday, August 21, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Can I move into my dorm even if I don’t attend NISSO?

No. Early move-in is only available to eligible undergraduate students who have registered for NISSO by July 9.